No deadly packages escapes Plixer Scrutinizer’s Eyes

 In English, General, Security

If you want to manage your network performance, a selection familiar with the world’s leading vendors’ architectures will make your job incredibly easy.

The ominous future has already come, in which no other form of life outside the web is possible in the world. Network infrastructures continue to grow like organic creatures in proportion to the scale and depth of the business. Typical network infrastructure includes various unique elements such as switches, routers, firewalls, printers, and IoT devices in addition to servers and clients. Administrators responsible for system security must see a complete picture of the network because the problems begun by weaknesses caused by a possible attack or a security vulnerability create technical or legal consequences that directly affect the business.

The entire performance of the network infrastructure directly affects the sustainability and performance of the business. By monitoring network performance, you can measure, evaluate and optimize the integrity of data flow sourcing from the cloud, data centers, SD-WAN, virtual machines, applications, and even users. Thus, it can reduce network downtime and costs; By quickly preventing potential problems, you can develop a proactive security approach.

If you have a suitable network performance solution, your operations team can determine the actual capacity of traffic on the network. What is the density of data traffic? What are the applications, users, and business units that tire the network the most? How does the density of traffic change according to the hours of the day? Is there any jitter in network traffic signals? Where and to what extent does packet loss occur?

If you can get answers to all these and similar questions, you can literally see that network.

Monitoring tools are not for watching!

Networks change like living things. Legacy network infrastructures are more complex today due to architectures such as cloud infrastructures, software-defined networks, or virtualized platforms. In networks where critical business applications run, users are most vulnerable to decreased access performance and possible security risks. Flow data between systems is stored differently in various network devices. NetFlow analysis systems such as Plixer Scrutinizer record such data in its raw form and provide the healthiest data flow information to network and security administrators by regularly processing this data with analysis algorithms.

Scrutinizer supports any streaming format without the need for agents or upgrades. The IT operations team can easily monitor this transition’s effects by pre-creating workflows with the Plixer Scrutinizer for a business application transitioned to the cloud. With Scrutinizer, you can make a detailed analysis of the servers’ connections, like the bandwidth of these connections, traffic scheme, and authorization violation. Offering features such as contextual visibility, auto-discovery, incident management, traffic analysis, threat forensics, and security analytics to individuals and organizations responsible for network security, Scrutinizer also can integrate with SIEM * platforms and configuration management databases (CMDB).

(*) Security information and event management (SIEM) combines security information management and event management of software products and IT security services. In short, it provides real-time analysis of security alerts triggered by applications and network components.

Endless questions about performance issues

There are some business practices developed to understand network performance issues.

To understand the reasons for poor network performance, you should start by asking some questions first.

For example, you may want to know which network performance monitoring tools are used to diagnose the problem. Are there any anomalies on the network? Have any problem packages been caught? Who consumes the most bandwidth?

For example, let’s consider a VoIP network. When using a network performance monitoring solution in this environment, the first step of research is to verify whether there is packet loss, latency, or retransmission on the network.

The next step is to investigate the application latency, client and server uptime and downtime, and the quality of service (QoS) priority assigned to the IP phones. In terms of NetOps, VoIP requires high priority. VoIP metrics such as DSCP, CBQoS, RTP payload, and jitter are key performance indicators for evaluating network performance.

The research’s final stage is to understand the extent of end-user activity and which resources consuming network capacity areas reflected in VoIP quality. Having a complete solution to monitor these metrics is critical to getting the problem resolved quickly.

Network performance monitoring methods

You can monitor the performance of the network with solutions in several ways. SNMP, which manages CPU usage, bandwidth usage of links, uptime, memory, and disk usage of network devices, is one option. Another option is Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), which mainly focuses on monitoring Windows devices’ performance.

NetFlow and IPFIX applications allow you to perform auto-discovery, remote visibility, predictive analysis, threat forensics, and network mapping for any device with a data flow source. Ping, HTTP, and RESTful API are other methods for detecting device behavior.

With Scrutinizer, you can view the entire network infrastructure and customize the network performance monitoring job according to your goals.

You can provide visibility of all vendors’ metadata unique Netflow and IPFIX elements through the customizable Scrutinizer dashboards. Advanced reporting and filtering feature makes it easy to focus on your goal. Scrutinizer works integrated with many other platforms. You can quickly catch the problem with Scrutinizer’s alerting methods such as syslog, e-mail, SNMP, and RESTful APIs.

No more words for the Plixer Scrutinizer

More employees now access their email, business apps, and internal drives from home via VPN. Users need more network performance. Establishing a remote working culture requires a more careful distribution of available resources. NetOps should make its choices according to this need.

Familiar with the industry’s leading vendors’ network architectures, Plixer Scrutinizer is the right hand of NetOps teams in forecasting and capacity planning.

Having substantial experience in the ITSM business, BT Bilgi offers the Plixer to its respectful customers for long years in Turkey. If you want more information about the Plixer Scrutinizer, please stay in touch with us.

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